Cottrell and co fall agonisingly short
SOUTH Tweed Midas Kelsey Cottrell fell agonisingly short of yet another gold medal and title to her name yesterday, slipping to a 17-15 loss in the final of the Asia Pacific Championships Women's Triples in Kualar Lumpar.
The tried and trusted combination of 19-year-old Cottrell, and veteran campaigners Claire Duke and Julie Keegan led 15-14 entering the final end of the engrossing final, but with one pin point bowl their hopes were shattered.
Nor Hashimah Isamil played the shot of her life - a bomb that drew within inches of the ditch - to propel Malaysia to victory, after Duke had trailed the jack to hold shot the bowl before.
With the gold medal on the line, Keegan had one final opportunity to steal the game and while her running shot was close, she was unable to stop the Malaysians from celebrating a gusty come-from-behind win.
The ladies' loss was the second dagger in the heart of the Australians, who had arrived on the greens hopeful of a fifth day gold rush.
Facing off against defending champion Ali Forsyth, Australian Leif Selby suffered his first loss of the tournament, dropping the final 14 shots of the match to go down 21-7 to the man he had conquered comfortably in the preliminary rounds.
Despite the defeats, Australian coach Cameron Curtis said his chargers had plenty to be proud of after collecting two silver and two bronze medals leading into the second phase of the 18-nation biennial tournament.
“I'm very proud of the way the team played this morning,” he said.
“Leif ran into an opponent who could not put a foot wrong and the women's triples played a fantastic game with the Malaysian skip producing the shot of her life to win the final.
“Four medals from four events on these greens and in trying conditions is a great effort.
“We now need to quickly refocus and set ourselves for the next round of disciplines.”
With the championships now entering the second phase of the competition, the disciplines will switch over, with Cottrell lining up in the women's singles, while reigning world champions Lynsey Armitage, Keegan, Duke and Karen Murphy will contest the fours.
In the men's pairs, Robbie Thompson and Mark Jacobsen will go in to battle together, while Selby will skip Mark Berghofer and Wayne Turley in the triples.
The championships will continue at the Bukit Kiara Lawn Bowls Centre until Sunday, August 16.